The Lord Poulett Arms Pub with rooms in Hinton St George, Somerset

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 17th-century gem in hidden village
  • Oozes civilised country charm
  • Cracking inner sanctum bar
  • Modern pub food; eclectic menu
  • Rooms; simple country-house style
  • Alfresco heaven; gorgeous gardens

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Overview

The Lord Poulett Arms Hinton St George, Somerset, TA17 8SE

The personal touch

Beautiful Hinton St George stands hidden in stunning, rolling countryside on the borders of Somerset, Devon and Dorset. Persevere down narrow winding lanes to find a village drenched in scenic charm, with the handsome Lord Poulett Arms at its heart, a 17th-century stone-and-thatch inn that oozes charm and character. Unstuffy & relaxed, the imaginatively restored interior mixes Osborne and Little with Farrow and Ball, while beams, flagstones, wood floors, polished antique tables, several glowing fires and evening candles create a classy, comfortable look. It perfectly balances being a cracking village pub and a local dining destination of note and Charlie Luxton and Dan Brod, who took over in July 2018 have changed little, other than gently refurbishing the rooms and adding a spacious family room in the loft. Charlie and Dan also own the brilliant Beckford Arms in Wiltshire and the Talbot Inn in Somerset (see entries). The inner sanctum bar is the place to be early evening – sink into a sofa with a pint of Butcombe Bitter or Otter Ale (straight from the cask) and the daily papers and soak up the timeless atmosphere of this hidden rural gem. This is just the kind of idyllic, relaxed country inn that woos urbanites from the glamour of the city. Stay over in one of the five elegant, country-style bedrooms upstairs and you won’t to leave. With the perfect summer garden out back, fabulous food, excellent walking from the front door, and the Jurassic Coast just a short drive away, there’s plenty to keep you at this civilised village inn.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome; smaller portions are available and Room 5 can accommodate two extra beds (£20 each).

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar but not overnight in the bedrooms.

Alfresco

The two gardens are delightful – summer alfresco heaven when the sun shines. Find a tables in the French inspired knot garden, replete with a wisteria covered pergola and boules piste, or venture into the typically English wild garden, full of mistletoe covered apple tree’s, hammocks, love seats, and even an unusual Basque Pelota wall.

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £85-£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking: small car park & street parking

 

Sleep

The Lord Poulett Arms Hinton St George, Somerset, TA17 8SE

Do not disturb

The five upstairs bedrooms are full of traditional country-house charm and simple good taste, juxtaposing exposed stone with contemporary floral wallpapers, while handsome brass or wooden beds (with Canadian goose down duvets and vintage Welsh blankets), antique furnishings and quality fabrics take centre stage. A Victorian roll top and an old slipper bath are placed eccentrically in two of the rooms (screens are provided should you wish for some privacy); another room has a sweet private bathroom across the corridor – dressing gowns are provided and you’ll find handmade Bramley natural bath and body products. Room 5 in the Loft has its own private entrance and two interconnecting rooms so is perfect for families. Pleasing touches include jugs of fresh flowers, books to read, a Roberts radio and smart TVs, while on the landing you’ll find homemade treats (perhaps a Victoria sponge), organic apple juice, cafetière coffee, decent teas and fresh milk. Wake up to a memorable breakfast and plan the day ahead over warm pastries, homemade bread/toast with locally made jams and pastries, or a hearty full English.

 

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £85-£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking: small car park & street parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Lord Poulett Arms Hinton St George, Somerset, TA17 8SE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£8; Main Courses: £14-£19.50; Desserts £4.50-£8.50)

You wouldn’t expect such a modern twist on food in such a classic interior, but the kitchen delivers an eclectic menu, sourcing the best in raw materials, growing herbs organically in the inn’s garden, while other ingredients are as local as can be – roast duck, for example, served with sweet potato, sour cucumber and pak choi, and free-range meat that comes from trusted suppliers on the Somerset/Dorset border. Everything is handled with aplomb – they even bake their own bread and make the ice creams and sorbets in-house. Puddings include toffee apple crème brûlee, homemade ice creams and a fine selection of West Country cheeses served with spiced fruit jelly and biscuits, and there’s a decent wine list, too. All sorts of influences show up among starters – cured salmon with fennel pollen butter, kohlrabi and caviar crème fraiche, or red pepper mousse with goat’s curd, green beans, pine nuts and olives – while mains may include chargrilled monkfish with cinnamon roasted squash, sweetcorn and spiced apple. Make sure you around for the excellent Sunday lunches and the summer barbecues.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.15pm
Dinner 6pm – 9.15pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £85-£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking: small car park & street parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Lord Poulett Arms

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At the Chapel, High Street, Bruton BA10 0AE

Former coaching inn, now a multifaceted operation comprising bakery, wine store and cafe with wood fired oven. Head to the bakery for takeaway bread (the sourdough is excellent), cakes, biscuits, pies and exemplary wood-fired pizzas, explore the wine store for keenly priced organic, non-organic and biodynamic wines from small producers, or just chill out in the cafe with a coffee and cake. There's lunch and dinner too, pizza of course, or local ribeye steak with peppercorn sauce.

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The Bakery Cafe, The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HZ

This wonderful small artisan bakery in the heart of Sherborne is a perfect spot for coffee, or something more substantial, whilst out shopping. Open from 8am to 5pm daily, visitors can enjoy wonderful coffees, teas and baked goodies as they perch on tractor seat stools at long oak tables above the bakery. On Thursday and Friday the bakery is open until 8pm for Pizza nights - eat in or take away.

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Godminster Cheese Shop, Bruton BA10 0EH

Godminster is home to Richard Hollingbery and his family. Primarily a dairy farm, Richard decided to go organic in 1996. Since then the farm has produced award winning waxed cheddars and bries, with 'Great Taste' Awards going to homemade chutneys and cheese biscuits. In the shop visit the whole selection, take part in daily cheese tasting or simply find out how the goodies are created.

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Sherborne Farmers' Market DT9 3AX

Every Friday in Sherborne is Cheap Street Farmers' Market where local producers gather to sell their produce. From award winning beef and chicken, to high quality local game, fish, fruit, coffees and baked goodies there's something for everyone.

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The Green, 3 The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HY

Modern European cooking made with regional produce and served in a charming period building. Expect sea bass ceviche with local truffles and crispy shallots followed by roasted rack of lamb or a fancy burger made with English veal and foie gras.

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Augustus, 3 The Courtyard, St James Street, Taunton TA1 1JR

The small yet perfectly formed Augustus is run by Richard Guest who previously showed his mettle at the town's Castle hotel. Now he's making an impression with dishes such as handmade gnocchi with Taleggio and rosemary cream and fillet of turbot with summer greens and grain mustard sauce.

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Jon Thorner's Farm Shop, Pylle BA4 6TA

Open since 1976, Jon Thorner's is a farm shop stocked with genuinely local produce, with 25 of the suppliers based within 10 miles of the premises. Keep fuelled up by visiting the on-site bistro-style cafe.

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Pitney Farm Shop, The Wagon House, Pitney TA10 9AP

This organic farm sells straight to the public from its farm shop. Expect dry-cured bacon and ham, homemade sausages, burgers and cakes, plus a range of local stuff that they buy in including cider brandy, Somerset cheeses and sparkling wines.

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Wilkins Cider, Land's End Farm, Mudgley BS28 4TU

When in Rome! Head on over to Roger Wilkins farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal in this part of the country. Don't go expecting a fancy farm shop, simply pop into the barn and get cider straight from the barrel. You can also stock up on fresh veg, eggs, pickles and such like.

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Wraxall Vineyard, WraxallBA4 6RQ

Get a taste of English wine with tours and tastings of this vineyard on south-facing slopes between the Mendips and Quantock Hills.

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The Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, TauntonTA1 4AR

Offering creative modern British grub in a smart 17th-century venue in the centre of town, the Willow Tree is an evening-only restaurant that hits the heights.

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Brown and Forrest, Hambridge TA10 0BP

Tucked away on the Somerset levels, this award-winning family-run smokery has been here for more than 30 years and its products are on the menu of many top restaurants and gastropubs around the UK. As well as some of the finest smoked eel and salmon in the country, there is a range of smoked chicken, duck, lamb and trout. Hampers are also available. The shop is open Tues-Sat.

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Somerset Brandy Company, Martock TA12 6BU

Based on a farm at Martock in the countryside of South Somerset, the Somerset Cider Brandy Company stands amid 160 acres of cider apple orchards below Burrow Hill. The cider is made in traditional vats and the company uses original methods of production. If this is your tipple, then make time to visit.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Lord Poulett Arms

Activities

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Wincanton Races BA9 8BJ

In a stunning setting, Wincanton Race Course runs fixtures of quality jump racing throughout the year. As well as watching the excellent racing there is plenty to see and do with trade stands and other activities. Saturdays provide some of the best racing of the National Hunt season, featuring top horses in the country.

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Fossil Hunting Walks, Charmouth Heritage Centre DT6 6LL

For a fun day out, nothing beats fossil hunting! Charmouth Heritage Centre's wardens not only teach visitors about fossils, but how to look for and find them. Out on the beach you might just be lucky and if so, you can take your fossil home!

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Long Sutton & Somerton Golf Clubs TA11 7HG

In the heart of the Somerset countryside near Somerton, Wheathill is where golfers of different abilities enjoy a challenge. There’s also the option of PGA tuition and lunch for beginners and budding golfers. Booking required. Long Sutton Golf Club, set in 118 acres, some 6352 yards in length has a par 71-course for men and par 72 for ladies.

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Fishing, Somerton TA11 6LJ

Viaduct Fishery at Somerton is the perfect destination for the dedicated angler. There are six well-stocked lakes, a verandah-fronted clubhouse and several fishing platforms. The stock tends to be varied, with large numbers of carp.

Shopping

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Melbury Gallery, Sherborne DT9 3RQ

Visit the Melbury Gallery in Sherborne and you'll discover clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts - among numerous items of stock. There is an amazing selection of garments from designers such as Masai Clothing Company, Adini, Nomads, Braintree and many others.

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Macintosh Antiques, Sherborne DT9 3JG

Located in a quaint hamstone mews building in Sherborne, Macintosh Antiques specialises in 17th-20th-century country house furniture, including chairs, bookcases, cabinets, paintings, prints and upholstery.

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Wells Trading Post, West Street, Wells BA5 2HG

Located in a 12th-century mill in West Street, Wells Trading Post is full of all sorts of quirky finds and retro treasures. Expect vintage fashion, furniture, collectables and curiosities.

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Clarks Village, Glastonbury BA16 0BB

Just a stone's throw from Glastonbury, a visit to Clarks Village is a true shopping experience. Here, you can shop in stylish surroundings comprising paved walkways and landscaped gardens. There are many designer and high street stores, a restaurant terrace for alfresco and indoor dining and a choice of all-important coffee shops.

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Shopping in Bath BA1 1LT

You’ll need to allow pretty much a whole day for a shopping expedition to Bath. Complemented by many pedestrianised areas and an easily navigable design, the city’s shopping quarter has an impressive range of upmarket chains, independent gift and food shops and a choice of stylish boutiques. Bath’s strikingly handsome architecture catches the eye too; the city is one of only two places in the world that has a bridge with shops actually built into the structure. Take a break here and enjoy a coffee while you admire the stunning view.

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Butterfly Bright Haberdashery, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Alison Nurton created Butterfly Bright in 2011, selling fabulous fabrics, haberdashery, craft supplies and kitchen accessories made by local and international designers. The shop has now moved to a larger premises with room for popular workshops - be it quilting, embroidery, jewellery or cake decoration!

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Weekend Clothes, Sheep Street, Sherborne DT9 3PX

Based in Cheap Street this little shop has high quality fashion ideas for your wardrobe - from every day wear to clothes for special occasions. There's a good selection of shoes and accessories too from a range of hand-picked designers. Sister shop 'Weekend Home' is only next door and well worth a browse.

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Melbury Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LN

In this Sherborne shop you'll discover clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts - among numerous items.

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John Leach's Muchelney Pottery, Muchelney TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, very close to Long Sutton, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery has been trading for an incredible 50 years. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the pottery shop is open all year except on Sunday.

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Weekend Home, Sherborne DT9 3PU

Weekend Home offers interior treats; from cushions and throws, table linen to lamps, mirrors to items of furniture. Colours here are muted - creams, taupes and limestone - and there's a wide range of gifts for birthdays and weddings too.

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The Old Forge Fossil Shop, 15 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QE

A large and spacious shop stocked with a unique range of fascinating fossils and minerals from all over the world: a complete palaeontology service is available; this includes restoring, cleaning, reformulating, and casting. Also sells a range of beautiful Gemstone and Amber jewellery, and many useful natural and unusual gifts.

Places to visit

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Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton BA22 8HW

Based near Yeovil, the museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy - a place for serious hardware with serious capability. This is where you'll find Europe's largest collection of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

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Clarks Museum, High Street, Street BA16 0EQ

Dedicated to famous local shoe makers, the Clarks brothers, this is a shrine to shoes. With over 1500 shoes from around the world, from Roman to modern day, it tells the story of Clarks from its very beginnings. Highlights include Princess Diana's wedding slippers, a replica of the shoes worn by the Queen for her wedding to Prince Philip and shoes designed by Joanna Lumley and Tracey Emin.

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Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford BA22 7LH

As the UK's largest exhibition of 'greatest cars from around the world', with over 400 amazing cars and bikes, this is a must for motor enthusiasts! From nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, to glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royce's and exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220 - it's a wonderful and unique collection.

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East Somerset Railway, Cranmore BA4 4QP

Discover the great days of steam travel on a visit to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet. The line runs for 2½ miles and the railway company hosts regular events throughout the year.

10

Lytes Cary Manor, Charlton Mackrell TA11 7HU

Managed by the National Trust and located near neighbouring Somerton, Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts-inspired garden. The garden rooms include a splendid collection of topiary and herbaceous borders. There are also delightful riverside walks to enjoy.

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Barrington Court, Barrington TA19 0NQ

In the care of the National Trust since 1907, Barrington Court, near Ilminster, was rescued by Colonel Lyle of the famous Tate & Lyle family and transformed into an idyllic country estate in the 1920s. There's plenty to see and you'll probably recognise it as one of many National Trust locations featured in the BBC series, Wolf Hall.

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Wells BA5 2RR

The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral, noted for its superb gothic interior. The famous West Front, with its intricate sculptures, is a real work of art. Look out for the moated 13th-century Bishop's Palace and a host of historic landmarks nearby.

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Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard TA20 4LU

Completed in 1148 Forde Abbey flourished as a Cistercian monastery for 400 years until the Dissolution when it began its career as a private residence. A unique opportunity to see both monastic and state rooms, as well as 30 acres of spectacular award-winning gardens.

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Lyme Regis Museum, Bridget Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA

This award-winning little museum offers a great insight into the history of Lyme Regis as a port, the geology of the Jurassic coast and the development of geology as a science, as well as links with famous writers such as Henry Fiekdibng, Jane Austen and John Fowles.

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Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset TA15 6XP

A superb Elizabethan house built of the local golden Ham Hill Stone; its architecture is an exquisite pastiche of Gothic tradition and new Renaissance ideas that were arriving from the continent at the time of its completion in 1601. The house is filled with historic treasures and a fantastic collection of 17th century textile samples and artworks on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

Walking

www.walkinginsomerset.co.uk
www.visit-dorset.com
www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
The Lord Poulett Arms lies deep within the rolling countryside on the Somerset, Devon and Dorset borders and within handy reach of the famous Levels. On the inn’s doorstep is an extensive network of paths and tracks, which with the aid of GPS skills, a good map and a reliable guidebook, can be explored on foot. Further afield, you’ll find Cranborne Chase, the Mendip Hills and Salisbury Plain.

Cycling

www.sustrans.org.uk
www.cycle-route.com
The level landscape of the Somerset Levels region is ideal for cycling. Get the Somerset Levels Cycle Map and you’ll see it includes the National Cycle Network and local routes in the area. Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil feature, among many other places, and the map also includes five-day rides with directions and a description of the area highlighting cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

Events

www.visitsomerset.co.uk
The region hosts many festivals and events, including the largest illuminated carnival in Europe, which lights up the skies in towns such as Bridgwater and Shepton Mallet. Somerset is also famous for producing outstanding food and drink and this famous tradition is represented at many markets and events throughout the county. Look out, too, for the 17-day Bath International Music Festival in late May and early June and the Great Dorset Steam Fair, near Blandford Forum, in September.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By RoadHinton St George is located down rural lanes north west of Crewkerne and best reached by following signs north from A30, or if accessing from the north (A303) via Seavington St Michael

By RailNearest railway station is 5 miles away at Crewkerne, a 15-minute taxi ride

Address:

, Hinton St George, Somerset, TA17 8SE

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